The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, appealed to the demonstrating youths against police brutality in the State to leave the roads to embrace dialogue.
Sanwo-Olu who has been speaking with the youths since the ongoing #EndSARS protest broke out made this appeal during the swearing-in of members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at the State House in Marina on Monday.
The Governor noted that the Lagos State Government had shown sincerity and willingness to address all concerns raised by the protesters, given the actions taken so far, including the constitution of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and setting up of compensation funds for the victims.
AdeniyisBlog gathered that Mr. Sanwo-Olu said the pain expressed and concerns raised by the youths were genuine and legitimate and said, this prompts the Federal and States’ governments to immediately comply with some demands while setting process in motion to implement others changes required.
The Governor commended the protesters for being part of the process of implementing the police reforms. He highlighted that continuous blocking of roads, Government and private offices would slow down the procedure of implementing their demands.
In his words: “We have shown an unprecedented commitment to the complete overhaul of the Nigerian Police. The inauguration of this Judicial Panel of Inquiry is only the first step in a long line of reformative actions that will lead to a thorough revamp and reorientation of the Nigeria Police. I believe that some actions we have taken should, to a large extent, show our sincerity and willingness to address all your concerns.
“Let me reiterate that I am on the side of the young people out there. I understand your pain and I know your concerns are genuine and legitimate. While we are able to immediately acquiesce to some of your demands, some others will require time. We ask you to bear with us as we dutifully work on your demands.
“I will, therefore, like to renew my appeal to you to suspend the protests and create an atmosphere for the resolution of all pending demands. I encourage everyone brutalised by the disbanded SARS, including the families of those who died, to present their case before this tribunal.”
In his closing remarks, the Governor said the task of reforming the police was achievable but required the input and cooperation of the youth to accomplish the task.
Also, commended the cohesiveness of the “resilient” young people who stood their ground in the last two weeks and said their tenacity has made the much-desired change in the policing system inevitable.
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